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Lent for Everyone: Week 1, Tuesday (120228)

Lent For Everyone Reading Plan

This is Tuesday of the first full week of Lent. The reading is Matthew 6, with an emphasis on the Lord’s Prayer. (If you want to listen, scroll to the bottom of the page for the audio player.)

More good stuff from Tom Wright as he focuses on the Lord’s Prayer: “Prayer is a mystery. I’ve often heard people saying, with a sneer, ‘It doesn’t go beyond the ceiling, you know.’ But the point of prayer, at least the way Jesus saw it, is that it doesn’t have to. Your father, he says, is there in the secret place with you. He sees and knows your deepest thoughts and hopes and fears. He hears the words you say. He hears, too, the things you can’t put into words but want to lay before him anyway. Prayer, in fact, isn’t a mystery in the sense of ‘a puzzle we can’t understand’. Prayer is a symptom, a sign, of the mystery: the fact that heaven and earth actually mingle together. There are times when they interlock; there are places where they overlap. To pray, in this sense, is to claim a time and place — it can be anywhere, any time — as one of those times, one of those places.”

Jon Foreman: Your Love is Strong

Andrea Bocelli: The Lord’s Prayer (the video is gorgeous, if a little idiosyncratic. Watch it at the highest resolution your screen and bandwidth will support.)